Ten years ago, my parents took the decision to move from Douala (Cameroon, Africa) to Beirut. I have to admit that back then, this decision appeared to me as the end of the world. I was used to our summers between South of France and sometimes Lebanon but I couldn’t accept this huge change. For me, Africa was home. It was where I was born, where I grew up surrounded by people with beautiful hearts. I remember how heart-breaking it was to move from a place that was our cocoon for years to an unknown land. As you might guess, it took me a while to get used to Beirut, to people’s mentalities, to the way things were done in Lebanon. What struck me at first was to what extent people were materialistic, self-centered and always so curious about each others’ personal lives. You might think how ironic it is that I now work in fashion and post daily about my private life. I know, I don’t understand it myself!
With time, I learned to see the beauty of Beirut, to discover little hidden gems that made the stay here worth every second. There’s something about Beirut that cannot leave you unaffected. Some argue that it’s all about its history, that all these old buildings and traditional places still hold the memories of a rich past. I couldn’t agree more. But there’s also the generosity of the people, no matter the number of flaws they might have, they’re always giving much more than they receive.
Every day, I feel so blessed for having found my place in this city, for having found the right friends that allow me to be myself. There’s always a thin line between loving and hating Beirut. You just have to make sure you find this little group of people that are true to you and I know that it might take a while.
I woke up to a very rainy Beirut this morning and it felt even better that we were on a sunday. There’s something about rain that washes away all the negativity, the ugliness of certain aspects of life; leaving us with a fresher air and bodies ready to rock the world on a mondaymorning.
There’s something that I want to share with you. I love feeling that I’m like a little ambassador of Beirut’s beauty to the rest of the world. I believe we all need to daily share a part of how we view our city, focusing on its power rather than on everything it’s failing in.